Steenkamp signs for Ospreys

Date published: September 8 2014

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The Ospreys have announced the signing of De Kock Steenkamp from Super Rugby side the Stormers on a three-year contract.

The Ospreys have announced the signing of De Kock Steenkamp from Super Rugby side the Stormers on a three-year contract.

The 27-year old South African will add his considerable experience and physical presence to the region's second row options after the Ospreys secured an early release from his contract with the Cape Town based side, which had another year to run.

He has 49 Super Rugby appearances to his credit since his Stormers debut in 2010 along with a further 59 games in the Currie Cup, South Africa's premier domestic rugby competition, with Western Province. He was ever present for them throughout the 2012 and 2013 Currie Cup campaigns, where they reached consecutive finals, winning in 2012.

A renowned line out specialist De Kock, who featured for Western Province against the Lions in a feisty clash during the 2009 tour, recorded 14 steals during the 2013 Super Rugby season, a figure second only to All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock of Crusaders.

“Joining the Ospreys is a great opportunity for me and a challenge that I can't wait to get stuck into,” said Steenkamp.

“The Ospreys are a team with a short but proud history having won the Pro12 four times and talking to the coaches there is an exciting transition going on at the moment that will see them come through the next few seasons stronger than ever.

“I want to be a part of that. Looking around the place and talking to people there really made me excited about signing. Hopefully I'll be able to link up with the squad soon and play a part in helping to make sure the Ospreys remain the best side in Wales as well as one of the best in Europe.”

Steenkamp becomes the ninth new senior signing for the Ospreys this season, while a further 16 current Ospreys have signed new deals during 2014, with a host of promising youngsters also signing up on development contracts.

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